Passionate about exploring the world's culinary diversity, & using the very best seasonal, local ingredients.

Easy Instant Pot™ Shiitake Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Easy Instant Pot™ Shiitake Mushroom Rice Pilaf

This fragrant shiitake mushroom rice pilaf is redolent with exotic Eastern spices.  Its full-bodied flavour makes it an elegant accompaniment to roast or grilled meats.  However, thanks to the robust flavour and nutrition of the mushrooms, it is an equally appropriate centrepiece for a rich, vegetarian meal.

Easy Instant Pot™ Shiitake Mushroom Rice Pilaf | cookglobaleatlocal.comPreparing mushroom rice pilaf™ in the Instant Pot™ probably seems counterintuitive.  However, in Eastern cultures, where sitting down to a hot, multi-dish communal meal is still the norm,  pressure cookers are regularly used for this very purpose.  Many Indian households have one (or more) recipes for pressure cooked pilafs which form part of their weekly routines.  So, when I started to develop more recipes for the Instant Pot™, I knew I wanted to share at least one recipe for rice pilaf.

If you’ve prepared rice pilaf on the stove, you’ll notice that the texture of pressure cooked Instant Pot™ pulao is more delicate.  However, the savings — in terms of time and hassle — on a busy weeknight is more than worth it.  Also, for less experienced cooks, successfully preparing pilaf in the Instant Pot™ is much easier!

So, as far as I’m concerned Instant Pot™ pulao is a win-win.  You can enjoy a delicious and seriously nutritious pilaf any day of the week with just a few minutes of hands-on effort.

Easy Instant Pot™ Shiitake Mushroom Rice Pilaf | cookglobaleatlocal.com

Why Shiitake Mushrooms?

Easy Instant Pot™ Shiitake Mushroom Rice Pilaf | cookglobaleatlocal.comNot only are shiitakes full-flavoured, they’re also packed with nutritional benefits.  Believe it or not, shiitake mushrooms are powerful, natural anti-oxidants.

They contain all eight essential amino acids, and linoleic acid. This is an essential fatty acid that supports weight loss and helps build lean muscle. It also supports healthy bones, improves digestion, and reduces food allergies and sensitivities.

So, this delicious mushroom rice pilaf is a terrific way to add more healthy shiitakes to your diet.

About This Recipe

When preparing mushroom pilaf in the Instant Pot™, it’s essential to have everything ready before you even turn on the pot.  Once you get going with the pilaf, the action — sautéing — goes really fast.  So, having everything lined up next to your pot before you begin makes the task simple, easy, and practically foolproof.

I have chosen to use shiitake mushrooms because of their rich, meaty flavour.  However, if you are not a fan of shiitakes or they are not available in your area, please feel free to substitute mushrooms of your choice.  Button mushrooms or even rehydrated chanterelles would also be good choices.  Just watch as you sauté.  The idea is to slightly sear the mushrooms — not to brown them or dry them out.

I have used ghee in this recipe due to its high smoke point and rich flavour.  However, if you are a vegan, you can easily use a neutral vegetable oil — such as canola — in its place.

Most of all, I hope this Instant Pot™ recipe makes it easy for your family to enjoy a rich, exotic mushroom rice pilaf — even on hectic weeknights.  Bon appétit!

Yum

Easy Instant Pot™ Shiitake Mushroom Rice Pilaf

December 30, 2018
: 6
: 15 min
: 25 min
: 40 min
: Easy

This fragrant shiitake mushroom rice pilaf is redolent with exotic Eastern spices. Its full-bodied flavour makes it an elegant accompaniment to roast or grilled meats. However, thanks to the robust flavour and nutrition of the mushrooms, it is an equally appropriate centrepiece for a rich, vegetarian meal.

By:

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • Whole spices
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 (1-inch) stick cinnamon
  • 4 black cardamom pods, crushed lightly to break the skin
  • Aromatics
  • 1 small yellow onion, cut in half, and thinly sliced, pole to pole
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and finely minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1- 4 fresh green chilli peppers (preferably serrano or finger chillies), finely minced
  • The rest
  • 300 g (about 10 - 11 oz) fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, and caps thinly sliced
  • 30 g (about 1 oz) fresh coriander, finely chopped (reserve a few whole leaves for garnishing)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/4 cups basmati rice, washed in 3 changes of water, but not soaked
  • 2 1/3 cups fresh water
  • Garnish
  • 1 lemon, cut into four pieces
Directions
  • Step 1 Press [Sauté] on the Instant Pot™. As soon as the display shows the word “Hot”, add the ghee to the pot. Allow it to heat for about a minute. Then add the whole spices to the pot. They should sizzle upon contact with the ghee. Stir for about a minute — or until the spices are very fragrant. Add the onion to the pot, continue stirring for another until the onions are translucent.
  • Step 2 Then, add the remaining aromatics to the pot. Continue stirring for about 2 minutes, or just until the mixture begins to dry out. Then, add the sliced mushrooms, coriander, garam masala, and salt. Stir for another minute or two.
  • Step 3 Press [Cancel] on the Instant Pot™. Add the rice and water to the pot and give it a quick stir to mix the ingredients. Push any ingredients on the sides of the pot under the water.
  • Step 4 Carefully seal the Instant Pot™, ensuring that the pressure release handle is set to “sealing”. Press the [Pressure Cook] button and set the timer for 1 minute. Once the time is up, allow the Instant Pot™ to release naturally for 10 minutes. Then, carefully, release the pressure manually. Press [Cancel] on the Instant Pot™.
  • Step 5 Open the pot and carefully ladle the rice out onto a serving platter. Garnish with reserved coriander leaves and serve immediately accompanied by lemon wedges.

Notes

  1. If you are vegan or do not have ghee on hand, you can substitute with canola oil or another neutral flavoured vegetable oil.
  2. Black cardamom (also known as badi elaichi) is available at Indian markets.

Related Posts

Mughlai Garam Masala

Mughlai Garam Masala

Having spent many of our young adult years living and working in north India, my husband and I both have a deep appreciation for the rich mughlai flavors of this garam masala.  It is much more fragrant, and just a little bit richer than other […]

West African Spicy Grilled Chicken

West African Spicy Grilled Chicken

Poulet braisé (grilled chicken) is one of the iconic foods of my husband’s home country, Côte d’Ivoire.  The recipe is deceptively simple.  However, the result is intensely aromatic and flavourful. Grilled chicken is every bit as popular in Côte d’Ivoire as it is where I […]



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.